95 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast – IOM

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA - OCTOBER 02: Illegal immigrants, rescued with an operation after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore of the east of Tripoli, rest at the shore of Garabulli district of Tripoli, Libya on October 02, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Tripolis – International for Migration (IOM) said, Wednesday, that 95 illegal immigrants were rescued off ’s western coast.

“A group of 95 migrants were returned to Khums, by coast guard.

“IOM staff were onsite to needed assistance and report that among them were four women,’’ IOM tweeted.

Earlier Wednesday, the IOM said that 131 illegal immigrants, including 13 miners, were rescued off the country’s western coast.

The IOM estimates that 6,100 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast and returned to so far in 2020, compared 9,225 in 2019.

The fall of the previous Muammar Gaddafi’s in 2011 has created a of and chaos in Libya.

This has made Libya a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards European shores.

Immigrant shelters in Libya are overcrowded immigrants, despite repeated international calls to close them.